Left to right: Rusty Miller, Sue King, Fred Magazzeni and Russ Walther
Sue King instructs equestrian students in eventing, a new area of focus for the program.
Eventing includes the disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping.
King has competed in and taught three-day eventing for 30 years. She graduated
from Wittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio, and holds a master’s degree in
education from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. After building multiple
programs around the country, King looks forward to creating the eventing
program at The University of Findlay.
Magazzeni is the new dressage instructor and Intercollegiate Dressage
Association (IDA) team coach. Originally
from Ohio, Magazzeni graduated from Houghton College, N.Y. After
graduation, he relocated to Germany to work for the PSI Dressage Training Yard
and with the dressage team of Jorgen and Christoph Koshel. While in Germany,
Magazzeni also worked with several national teams in training for Olympic
riding competitions and flew horses to Doha Qatar for the Asian Games. Upon
returning to the United States, Magazzeni accepted a position riding and
training for Horses Unlimited in New Mexico. In his position with The
University of Findlay, he’ll instruct students at the James L. Child, Jr.
Equestrian Complex and continue to ride, train and compete.
Rusty Miller opened Rusty Miller Show Horses immediately after graduating from the University of Findlay in 1984 with a B.S. in Equestrian Studies. He has been training, coaching, and showing within multiple breed associations ever since. In 2008, Rusty was awarded the coveted Appaloosa Horse Club Trainer of the Year. This accomplishment was a validation to his success with his clients winning over 130+ National and World Championships, while personally earning over 40+ World and National Championships.
In addition to the ApHC, Miller has involvement with several other breed associations including the American Paint Horse Association, the Palomino Horse Breeders Association and the American Quarter Horse Association too. Over the years, he has won numerous World and Reserve World Champions in the Paint Horse Association and Palomino Horse Breeders Association. He has trained and coached exhibitors to multiple Reserve Championship titles and numerous Top 10 placing’s at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, along with Year End High Point awards within the AQHA.
Most recently, Rusty has returned to the University as an English Riding Instructor. He arrives with commitment and enthusiasm while allowing his education and experience to help students reach their goals within the Equine Industry.
Russ Walther has an extensive background in
riding, training, judging and consulting; and has joined the program as a
hunter/jumper instructor. Originally from Virginia, he is the former director
of the college equine program at Southern Seminary and a former Equine
Association president for Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana. Walther has
judged and course designed for the Maclay Finals, as well as judging and
managing Pony Finals three times. In addition to the Finals, Walther has
managed more than 10 multi-breed shows and trained his daughter to become a
Pony Final champion. He is also responsible for recruiting U.S. Olympic team
member Beezie Madden into his former collegiate program.